Cobots Are Coming

In manufacturing, robots have assumed many heavy-lifting jobs as well as those that require precision and repetitive operations. Doing the same thing repeatedly for hours at a time is common for robots and hard on people. But humans and robots have had a strange relationship for decades. Enter the latest automation, the cobot.

A cobot, or collaborative robot, is a form of automation intended for direct human robot interaction within a shared space, or where humans and robots are in proximity. Cobot applications contrast with traditional industrial robot applications in which robots are isolated from human contact. In most industrial applications of cobots today, the cobot and human worker

Tally Ho! Tally Goes Open Source

Building materials have been getting added scrutiny by construction professionals examining how much carbon is locked in them and what happens as the material ages and releases that carbon. Embodied carbon, as a byproduct of building materials, accounts for 11% of annual global emissions.

One approach is found in Tally, a LCA (life cycle assessment) app that is fully integrated into Autodesk Revit. Tally quantifies and analyzes carbon locked in building materials and was developed by KieranTimberlake and its research development subsidiary KT Innovations. Tally was launched in 2013 to give designers the means to measure embodied environmental impacts so